Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #25

Obedience in the Small Things

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Scripture

Acts 8:26, 29

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.”… The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

Insight

Hearing the voice of God is the birthright for every Christian. We are given the gift of spiritual sight and hearing when we are given the Holy Spirit to live inside of us. Hearing God’s voice is not always easy, but it is always powerful!

Philip, after spending time in Samaria, hears the voice of God speak to him. An angel (a messenger of God) gives him specific instructions about where to go next. Wouldn’t it be great if God would speak to us all as clearly as this? Upon arriving at the road he had been instructed to go to, he is given further instructions. There is a passing caravan of officials heading through that way, and the Holy Spirit speaks to Philip and gives quite specific directives about what to do next.

We will learn about the outcome of Philips obedience in the next few days, but for now, let us consider the actions of Philip that brought him to this point. What significant obedience to the word of God! What attention to detail! Are you ready to obey God’s voice as specifically as this?

We’re not told if Philip second-guessed the instructions, or what he thought of them. We’re not told how long it took him to get from point A to point B, and we’re not told how Philip knew it was God speaking and not something else. But we are sure that he heard God speak and he was ready to obey.

Perhaps the reason we don’t hear God speak as clearly as this is that we’re not ready to obey Him at that level. If we only hear the first half of the word, and rush off in a flurry, we might miss the specifics and the detail. When God speaks, let us come to him in reverence and awe, ready to obey His word right to the end. “These are the ones I look on with favour: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2).

Reflection Questions:

1/ When was the last time you heard God speak to you?
2/ What did He say? What were the details?
3/ How did you go at obeying that word?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for your voice. I thank you that you speak to us, and that it will always be consistent with the Scriptures and a spirit of love. I’m sorry for the times I’ve failed to obey you. Please grant me a willing spirit. Thank you for your grace and mercy to us in Jesus. I want to know your voice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.